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Issue No. 2076

Walk out at Revenue & Customs

Hundreds of civil service workers in Revenue & Customs have walked out unofficially after management announced plans to withdraw flexitime for workers. This is a change in workers’ contracts.

Call centre workers at the Revenue and Customs office in Bootle on Merseyside walked out unofficially for an hour on Thursday of last week.

Other workers in Cardiff, Belfast and Maryhill in Dudley walked out spontaneously on Monday morning.

Marianne Owens, PCS Revenue & Customs group executive (pc)

Strikes at DCSF and DIUS

Around 1,800 PCS members working for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), struck on Wednesday of last week.

The dispute follows the transfer of ten support staff as the Department for Education and Skills splits into two departments.

The building they work in has been taken over by the DWP, which has privatised the work they do.

Stagecoach ballot in Manchester

Around 1,300 bus workers employed by Stagecoach in Manchester are balloting for strike action over pay.

Unite union reps put in a pay claim for around 6 percent and were met by a management offer of just 4 percent.

Workers say that they are paid less than the going rate for the same job at other bus companies in the city. The ballot was due to end on Wednesday.

Stagecoach workers in Chesterfield won an improved pay offer after strike action in September. Engineers at Stagecoach Northeast also took three days of strikes over pay.

Stagecoach boss Brian Souter received a 13 percent pay rise last year, taking his annual pay to over £1 million on top of a £5.5 million dividend.

Virgin cabin crew to vote on strike

More than 3,000 cabin crew are to ballot over what could be the first ever strike at Virgin Atlantic airline.

The workers, members of the Unite union, have rejected a two-year pay offer of 4.8 percent this year and a rise in line with inflation next year.

The union says that the cabin crew feel they are “undervalued” and earn up to £10,000 less a year for flying the same routes as British Airways staff.

“They have had enough,” a Unite spokesperson said.

Rolls workers fight closure

Members of the Unite union at the Rolls Royce plant in Bootle on Merseyside are campaigning against plans to close the plant.

More than 200 jobs are threatened as the company plans to transfer production to its Mount Vernon plant in the US.

Workers from the Bootle plant petitioned delegates at the north west Labour Party conference in Southport on Saturday.

Unite says it will not stand by and watch its members lose their jobs and another vital manufacturing plant being lost.

Add your support to the campaign to keep the Rolls Royce Bootle plant open by signing the petition at »

Anti-academy protest camp

Teachers and parents in Brent, north west London, have set up a protest camp outside the town hall.

This is part of an ongoing campaign by activists in the borough against plans to build a city academy on Wembley Park Sports Ground.

The campaigners object to the sale of the sports field to private developers. Some also argue that any new school should be built on a site in the south of the borough where there is no local secondary school.

Hank Roberts, ATL and NUT union executive member and local branch secretary, said, “Virtually all Brent parents and teachers know that this proposal is absurd.”

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Tue 6 Nov 2007, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2076
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